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Av EvaLena Hallgren - 1 juli 2022 06:31

Early morning as usual. 

We are now at a small boat marina for the second night waiting for the mail and repair of Lucy's power source.

On the drive here we stopped at a gorgeous rest stop overlooking the Westcoast cliffs 


    After oohing and aaahing we continued to the marina for the night.

We are in a small village called Henån and there are many RVs and great sailboats. Apparently, a very popular place that Mom never heard about before.

If t wasn't for the fact that the repair man lives here she still wouldn't know


    

A walk around town is done in 5 min so it's not very big but there are a lot of very nice people living here so what else does one need?


this log is painted in gold and placed here as art?

 

The name of this sailboat made Mom giggle, I don't know why?

 




I made friends with a guy with a huge RV that provided a lot of shade underneath and that is needed in this scorching heat. It has been in the 90ies for days but fortunately, the temperature drops down to the sixties at night so sleeping is no problem.

 


This looks like something real tasty so I decided to wait around and see what happens ......................yes I did get a taste


 



this is the cutest littlest car I've ever seen  ................Mom said it was not a car it was a moped? ??

Looks like a car in my size to me?

 


In the evening we went for a walk to the beach and I thought Mom was going for a swim, but nooooo it was too cold for her.

Still, a gorgeous sunset that takes place around 10.30 pm now when we are so far south.

 


 Sweden’s west coast stretches from the amazing Gothenburg, through to the Norwegian border. Though the concept of thousands of granite islands might be difficult to imagine at first, the western archipelago of Sweden is a truly phenomenal place.

     



Roses on this house made Mom stop and admire..


Girls driving the ambulance came down to the boardwalk for an icecream break 

 


Lucky me that also had special icecream with meat flavor............a very nice treat in the heat 


 


The seagulls are making noise all the time, but suddenly they were screeching louder than usual and that's because one of their babies must have fallen out of the nest. He couldn't fly and looked very distressed. We wanted to help him but didn't know how, and no one else seemed willing to do anything either, sure hope he'll be ok and learn to fly soon.


 


When we got back to Lucy and as soon as Mom opened the door she smelled gas..................In a panic, she called our friend Lasse who came by and said it isn't gas it was the battery.

At first, Mom felt relief because propane scares her, but when the repair guy called to let Mom know about the dangerous gases that emit from the battery she started to feel panic again. Luckily, Lasse in the big RV had tools and came to help Mom take the battery out and we opened all the doors and windows to air Lucy out.

We are so lucky there are so many nice and helpful people and later today the repairman who's an expert on this kind of stuff is coming by to heal Lucy. After all this, we're keeping our fingers crossed that nothing else can go wrong so we can start our trip south on new adventures.

 


All is well, and lif is good

Henry




Av EvaLena Hallgren - 29 juni 2022 08:44

 Once again Mom changed our rut, on our way to Gothenburg she saw the sign to Ulricehamn and thought she had never been there, and let's take a look. It turned out to be a beautiful little town by a lake and we found a great parking place to stay for the night.

 


Ulricehamn has been populated at least since the Middle Ages. The town has had city privileges since the 15th century. There are still several old buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries and the picturesque main street Storgatan has existed in its present form for centuries. Among other historical structures, there is the city hall located at the market square, a yellow rococo building from 1789

 

Mom appreciates towns that keep and restore the old buildings, not as they do in her puppy town

This is the train station The railroad was built in 1874. The last train took its route in 1985. Today the railroad is a popular, car-free bicycle- and walking track. The distance between Ulricehamn and Tranemo is a part of the 150 km long bicycle track Sjuhäradsrundan

 

 

 

we went for a very long walk along the river and Mom marveled over the gorgeous willow trees along the way. I took an interest in their trunks 

 

 

Walking up a steep hill we were at the main street and I met a man that had something in his pocket that smelled delicious..................it was chicken and he was kind to share

 

 

 

This giant mural made Mom smile, it's Rosie the riveter in a Swedish version 

 

Here's a strawberry stand, and they're selling .................strawberries. This is the season for them

 

 

Never in a million years would my Mom leave me tied up outside the store, she would be scared someone steals me. but I suppose in a small town like this ................well who knows

 


This guy seems frozen in time, He represents the time when men went to peoples houses to sell their goods or selling their services like a Ferrier or maybe sharpening knives for example

 

Along the river is the construction of the Winter sanatorium, which was finished in 1910.  The rumor about the hotel spread across the country making tourists from all corners of Sweden come visit Ulricehamn. The guests were transported by horse and carriage from the train station. A rail for a tram was tested in 1911 but the brakes could not handle the large differences in height which made the tram to derail. It was never tested again.

Today there's a fancy restaurant and a cold bath house. It's very warm now but Mom is still not tempted to go for a swim, the water looks cold she says, but I would like to know how she knows if she doesn't get in it?

  

A newer restaurant and an ice cream shop where they had put out matrasses to rest on in the shade

 


All in all, this is a great place for a short stay, nice and quiet. Mom slept until 8 am????? I can't remember if that has ever happened before.

I think Gothenburg is the next stop, but you never know, things can change very quickly which is fine with me as long as I get my walks and treats.

ALl is well Henry

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Av EvaLena Hallgren - 28 juni 2022 06:16

Mom's cold is gone and we're back on the road, this time we're heading south to one of Mom's puppy friends

Before we got there Mom just HAD to stop at this place and order her favorite potato pancake despite it wasn't suppertime. It came with yummy thick bacon which I got to taste. Mom said she always stop here for as long as she can remember

 

Mom's friend lives in an old school that was built in the eighteen hundreds and past her house is a narrow-gauge railway. At 71 km long, (44miles)it is only 891 mm. (35inches) broad; it stretches from the forests of Småland in the west, past lakes, through small communities and agricultural areas out to the archipelago in the east. Along this line, trains have been running ever since 1879, despite many attempts to close it. Now, thanks to the determined efforts of residents and enthusiasts alike, the line is saved and is today regarded as one of Sweden’s top-10 industrial heritage artifacts. No train came by during our stay because it only runs for tourists now but this is how it looked at 5 am

 

Mom loves early mornings and I'm a good sport and go along to keep her company. This morning we saw 4 elks grazing on the field but they ran so fast when they heard me so Mom couldn't get a picture

 

   

It's a beautiful place but Mom is getting restless and very anxious to get the converter for Lucy's power fixed, so in the afternoon we were back on the road now heading west towards Gothenburg.

The temperature is in the eighties and it's sunny with blue skies, in other words, it's a gorgeous day.

We stopped to look at the horses at the stud farm, the foals were happy skipping around

 

This one particular foal was running without chasing a ball?

I would have liked to run alongside, but Mom said my legs are too short so I couldn't keep up............... I really wanted to prove her differently but she wouldn't let me out of Lucy

These foals are supposed to grow up to run on an oval track to make money for their owners? 

there's a lot of money involved and if any of them would get hurt because of me Mom said she would be in big trouble with the farmer.



 

We didn't get very far before Mom got sleepy (getting up at 5 am is the reason I think) so we found a great little campsite by a lake where Mom got to do her laundry.

Many people were swimming and I would have too if it wasn't for that "no dogs allowed" sign .............

 

it's now 7 am and it just stopped raining so I'll go for my tinkle walk and then we'll pack up and continue on to the repair guy.

Life is great, Henry

 

 

 

 

Av EvaLena Hallgren - 25 juni 2022 14:42

The day after Midsummer celebrations are lazy do nothing but relax on the sunny days. It's 85 F and that's too hot for many Swedes so it's sitting in the shade and twiddle your thumbs day 


 

On Thursday Mom and I went for a bike ride to pick wild flowers by the road, 

 


When we got back Mom made wreaths for herself and me. I didn't want to wear mine and only had it on for a photo opportunity 

   


In the evening we went to a very local Maypole rising 

   

It was small enough so Mom thought I could be loose to say hello and I did make my rounds from table to table and ate a lot of goodies...............good thing I'm cute everybody wanted to share

 



Well, maybe Helge wasn't so much into sharing but I helped myself anyway

 


On the way home I noticed the neighbor's cat was outside, so I quickly ran in to her house and ate her food. People around here don't bother to close their doors many keep them open for all their pets? 

I don't mind, I think it's a great idea, and I will suggest we'll do that in Florida too



Friday we went to a more significant celebration but this place didn't BBQ so I don't understand why I was kept on a lead here?  Mom was afraid I would get lost with so many people and I agreed to sit with Elvy while Mom was running around taking pictures.

 

The festivities started with a band marching in playing fiddles and carrying flags


 

Many people were wearing traditional costumes and if you know your stuff you can tell what village they came from just but looking at their clothes.

   


MOm loved the little kids and their clothes


   


Little girls are my favorite, but these girls had nothing good to eat, they just wanted to pet me


 

after some speeches, it was time to dance around the maypole, I didn't since no one invited me to but it looked like a lot of fun.

   

After all this, we went home and ate a traditional Midsummer meal herring, potatoes, with sour cream and scallion. I did eat a sill chunk that Mom teased me with thinking there's no way I would eat that.

I've been with Mom for almost 3 years now, and she doesn't know I eat everything that's offered on a fork...

For dessert, Elvy had made a strawberry cake which also is a tradition.

It was delicious

 


For 2 days in a row, the temperature has been in the eighties, and Swedes are calling it a heatwave and are having a very difficult time with it..............Me and Mom are loving it


 

For some reason, uploading videos are broken so hopefully, I can add them later

which I just did


Goodnight kisses Henry


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Av EvaLena Hallgren - 22 juni 2022 07:16

Early morning and it's raining again it seems like the rain is following us?.................Seriously Mom says, yesterday was a gorgeous sunny day with blue skies 

   

Monday morning it was time to leave our friends in Mom's puppy town and head south, but first Mom wanted to clean Lucy who had become quite muddy from all the dirt roads we've been driving on. Mom says Lucy feels a lot better when clean and performs much better when she shines ??

   

I wish Mom would take the bike down so we can go for a ride. We haven't been riding the bike at all? I hope we will soon because that's my favorite 


 

Driving south all day with a few pitstops I thought, why are we in a hurry? We really weren't but Mom had a place in mind that she said I really liked so I kept looking out the window with great anticipation.

As it turned out Mom didn't make it all the way without stopping to take a couple of power naps, and I understand because it's 749 km (465miles)

The good thing is that there are many rest stops along the way with gorgeous views and paths through the woods


   

This is the SUV mom wants and she was surprised to see one here in Sweden where gas prices currently are $10 a gallon.......

 


Waking up from yet another nap at 4 am it was foggy and the sun was trying hard to break through the mist.

This is the time wild animals are on the go, and wolves and bears have been sighted a lot lately so hoping we get a chance to see wildlife we drove small roads through the forest but all we saw was one moose several hares and a tiny little fox pup sitting by the road. When we stopped he quickly ran into the bushes so no chance of a picture.

 


Finally arrived at our destination and it was the greatest surprise, again we were back where we started my favorite place on earth.

    


Saturday is Midsummer Day and it's a public holiday and a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

It's the time when where we are now we will get more than 21 hours of sunlight. 

Similar to New Year, the main celebrations take place on the eve of the day. Traditional events include raising and dancing around a huge maypole, in Swedish called the Midsommarstången.

Some believe it originated as a symbol of fertility.  Even though the major fertility rites in ancient times, center around the beginning of spring, Midsummer was linked to an ancient fertility festival, as conception at this time would lead to a birth in March, which was traditionally seen as a good time for children to be born. Others think the shape of the pole has its roots in Norse mythology, and that it represents an axis linking the underworld, earth, and heavens. Many people will wear traditional folk costumes and listen to traditional music. It is also a holiday on which the Swedish will consume a large amount of alcohol and raucous drinking songs are a common sound during the celebrations.

Midsummer was considered to be one of the key times in the year when the power of magic was strongest and it was thought to be a good time to perform rituals, particularly those which related to predicting the future. A tradition of this is one in which young people pick bouquets of seven or nine different flowers and put them under their pillow in the hope of dreaming about their future spouse.

Nobody here is young enough to follow those traditions except for picking wildflowers and decorating 

 

Some Swedish men are so secure in their "machoness" that it's ok to pick wildflowers and decorate


   

 


I'm pretty sure Mom and Elvy will make flower wreaths for their heads as is tradition. Elvy made this for her front door

 

Mom made supper.........................it is pasta with mushrooms and pancetta.  The traditional midsummer meal is herring and potatoes with sour cream and scallions. Doesn't sound like anything is prepared for me during this celebration?

Well, there's always beer.............since I heard a lot of alcohol is consumed on this day...........can't wait


 


is that a gun holster on the bike? really ???? ..............noo it's a repair kit for tires ...peaceful Swedes don't carry guns around I was told

 



They do have some pretty neat bugs   

We had a gorgeous warm sunny day and in the evening it started to rain again but that's ok because the weather man has promised sunny skies for the midsummer dance.

 


The gazebo keeps us dry and safe from the pesky mosquitos 

All is well

plenty of kisses to ya all 

Henry




Av EvaLena Hallgren - 20 juni 2022 06:48

Gomorron, sorry I haven't updated my blog for some time, but Mom has been hanging out with girlfriends from her puppytime and totally forgotten to help me out. It's not that I begrudge her the time but I need help too.

They sure have a lot to talk about stuff that doesn't involve me so I'm bored

Somebody suggested I have a hangover, but that's not true

 

This picture could be a great eyeglass commersial ..................

 

We stayed at the campsite a few nights and several of Mom's friends stopped by and they all bought her supper

I heard that the pizza was a disaster but I never got a chance to judge 

 


I had to stay outside and look at it all through the window? what's up with that? I need the number of animal control so I can make a complaint. Mom said if I did that she'll tell them I drink beer and I'm underaged............fair enough


 



In the evening the band was playing for a bunch of old people. I assume they were old because they walked two and two holding on to each other? The loud music was killing my ears so we didn't stay

We were camped by the river so we sat there watching it go by

 


then all of a sudden a pink something came floating by ??? it looked like someone's Christmas tree? 

Yupp now I have to believe Santa really lives here..........


 

Friday we packed up and went into town to explore. Nothing looks the same except this stone lady which is a familiar site for Mom and they used to call her "the fat lady"

 


Mom had to visit the bank, and everywhere in Sweden you take a number and sit down to wait your turn. 


 


Almost everybody rides bikes here, there are thousands of them everywhere


 


After walking around for a few hours and having "fika" with friends we drove to the countryside to visit a friend that has the most amazing garden which boggles Mom's mind since the season for plans is so short.

   

I didn't care so much about flowers, but there was a guy with cookies in his pocket, just like my friend at home


 


and then I took it upon myself to watch this short human from falling into the fountain


 


After a "fika" we continued to another friend's house and that's where we still are parked. They have a very pretty home and I was helping with the prewash cycle 

   


Unfortunately, it has been raining a lot and Mom says she's getting webbed feet and are sick of this looking for where the sun is. Late last night we did see a little blue sky so we went for "fika"at their summer house which is located by a gorgeous lake.

   

In this lake, their grandson who is an expert fisherman catches many pikes and this is his biggest one. He makes his own lures and Mom was hoping to buy one before she leaves. She really wants to try fishing too but cold rain is no fun to be out on the water.

 

old log cabins are a craftsman's pride. look at the hinges ...............

 


On the way home the fog was rolling in over the fields and tomorrow morning we'll be on our way heading south again.

Mom has discovered that something is wrong with the 12V converter and since Lucy is so old there's no replacement to buy, but she got a tip of an expert on this and he promised to help out Only problem is that he's located at the other end of Sweden close to Gothenburg, We'll be heading that way but will make a pitstop where we started .........(actually it'll be more than one pitstop because it's 768 miles from here)

 

we are waiting for our hosts to wake up so we can say our goodbyes and Mom wanted to hose off Lucy all the mud from all the dirt roads we had been driving on.

This is our kind hostess Vanja

 


All is well here although the weather has been very wet and cold.................it can only get better says, Mom

Wet kisses Henry










Av EvaLena Hallgren - 15 juni 2022 11:07

Monday evening Mikael came home from work and changed Lucy's diesel filter and after supper, they all went fishing in the boat. I stayed home watching Lucy (read napping)


Mom finally caught a fish, not big, but at least a fish


   

Being out on the water is so peaceful says Mom, pretty sure I will find out eventually..........

after rain comes the sun and a  rainbow 


 

 


Buster decided he was going to become a lapdog just like me......not sure it's 100% appreciated by his Mom

 


Well, as the saying goes "All good things come to an end" 

It was sad saying goodbye I sure hope we can visit here again.

Every town and every village here has many roundabouts and they like to decorate them with art. Mom really likes this one.............flowers for our friends we just left


 


The next stop is in the town Mom was born. We parked south of the river and walked into town over the bridge she always crossed as a kid. It's so narrow it's now a oneway bridge 

Another one was being built upstream. That will be the fourth bridge over the river Mom noted. 


 


The park has changed a lot and the yearly cactus pot wasn't done yet


 


Amongst all the changes Mom was happy to see the old water fountain Johanna still in place


 


Coming up to the town square there's the much talked and written about wooden skyscraper 

The Sara Culture Centre is built from over 12,000 cubic meters of wood harvested from nearby forests

 

   

Mom thought it was the most hideous building she has ever seen and it was huge. 

It is a 20-story, 75-meter-high box with little holes for windows and is named Sarah after a popular Swedish author - opened its doors last September. As ugly as we think it is, it's very innovative and new

The cultural center, which takes up the lower four levels of the building, is built with columns and beams made of glued laminated timber and without the use of concrete. The cement industry currently accounts for about 7 percent of global CO2 emissions, per the International Energy Agency.

The building houses six theater stages, the city library, two art galleries, a conference center, restaurants, and a hotel with 205 rooms that offer views of the surrounding city.

Apart from being one of the world’s tallest wooden buildings and a meeting place for the city’s residents, the building’s energy system tries to be as carbon neutral as possible.

The building is equipped with solar panels, batteries, and a heat pump that works with electrical, water, and district heating. Even the sprinkler system, which in most buildings is usually powered by diesel, is powered by renewable energy.

Excess energy from the building is passed on to other parts of the city or stored in the cultural center’s on-site batteries.


We didn't stay in the city long, instead, we drove a short distance to the best campsite Mom knows of.

 


we set up camp and Mom did laundry 

    



?????? maybe Santa REALLY lived up there where all the reindeer were roaming?

but why would Mom steal his socks?

 

This campsite has chandeliers everywhere and the fanciest one is hanging in the room where you empty your toilet cassette ............everything here is polished and clean................just the way Mom likes it

 

 

tomorrow night there will be entertainment here so we might stay around longer than we planned says, Mom. 

The temperature is around 65 and that would be very pleasant if it wasn't for the chilly wind.

  


The sun is now going down at 23.30 and up at  1.51  which means we have a 21,5-hour daylight


Life is good

wet kisses to ya all

Henry

 

 






Av EvaLena Hallgren - 12 juni 2022 08:54

Sunday morning and we're still in the paradise of Mom's family. I keep telling Mom we could live like this too, but then she keeps telling me about long dark cold winters. I don't know much about winter, but I assume it is when the white balls Mom throws disappear into nothing.

This is what a Swede considers total paradise,a home in the forest by a lake a few kilometers from the city........

    


we walked a path thru the woods and Buster was hunting something small and jumping in the water any chance he got

I was much more careful where I went and mostly stayed behind Mom just in case..............who knows what kind of beasts Buster would chase towards me


       


This is another kind of paradise we visited, it's on the river on a golf course very close to the city.


   


The owner of this place was very generous and offered me a Whiskey which to Mom's horror I readily slurped up and I would have finished it if given a chance.


 


We were riding in an old Chevy styleline sport coupe 1950 and Mom was sitting there reminiscing with a silly grin on her face. This car is a year older than she is and runs better than she does...................ooooppps I guess I have to beg for treats somewhere else after that comment .......

   


The afternoon was time for relaxing and I cuddled up with the host 

 



The youngest member in this family is a good cuddle partner too


 


I and Mom walked in the woods again and I blend in perfectly.................can you see me?


 



Mom is weird .............????? 

She says this is a donkey and the rider fell off and died?????????


   

After our walk we relaxed again 

 


Then Buster came and took my place 

 


In the evening there was a gourmet dinner on the table. Our hosts are fishers and hunters so everything is produced nearby. The whiskey guy brought over some caviar that was out of this world (according to Mom, I didn't get to taste that, Mom said it was too expensive for my palate)

 



Two Chars one baked and one smoked were served as the main course and for dessert a rhubarb cobbler with whipped cream and ice cream.

   


Mikael smoked the smaller char


 

Great food great company and pretty soon there wasn't much left on the plate. There were snaps and beer and a lot of drinks too and Mom has never been up this late in a long time she says, but since the sun never goes down she forgets it night and time to go to bed


   


This is a great door knocker, so Mom will look to get one for our home in Florida 


 



Today I hear there are more adventures planned.....................The host told Mom to go dig up some worms??? 
Not sure what that' 's all about, but I'll find out and will tell you all about it in my next blog.

 


wet kisses to ya all

Henry



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